DEVIATION is shooting right now! For those of you hiding under a rock for the last twelve days since my last announcement here, there and everywhere: DEVIATION is a dark, feature-length thriller starring Danny Dyer and Anna Walton (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army). The movie tells the story of a young nurse, Amber (Walton), who is kidnapped and held hostage in her own car by Frankie (Dyer), an escaped convict desperate to leave the country. Think women in peril thrillers like RED EYE and PANIC ROOM (with a British slant/twist) and you can’t go far wrong. It’s written and directed… Read More »DEVIATION update
Many thanks to Dave Herman, who asks about the business of finding a producer/director for your short film. So let’s fast forward the writing part. You’ve got a short: it’s amazing. Now what? As Dave rightly points out on my Facebook group Bang2writers (join here), there is a well trodden path into TV and Film (FYI, “well trodden” doesn’t mean “easy”), yet short film *feels* a lot more like a free-for-all. Where do you even start getting that film OFF the page and rendered as image? First off, I can only tell you how I’ve done it and what’s happened.… Read More »We Luv Short Shorts
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know I have a DELUGE of work just now – one part of which is now tweeting and blogging for The London Screenwriters’ Festival: follow the festival tweets here or “Like” on Facebook here. If you’re a student or alumnus of Bournemouth University and intending to go to LSWF, click here: we have a special FB group for you for a group discount. LECTURERS/COURSE LEADERS of other unis: if you want to do the same for YOUR students, get in touch with me now – either here, on Twitter or Facebook… Read More »Just Passing Through…
A script call from FNA Films’ producer Zahra Zomorrodian (From Zee’s Rants on Posterous – see the full post here: http://ping.fm/xJVm3) So Ladies What Write: Write better female roles and not just for Judi Dench or Helen Mirren or Faye Dunaway! I have a challenge for you all. Write a microbudget plot driven rather than character driven film with a female bias, send it to me and if I like it I’ll option it. GO GO GO——————What are you waiting for? DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31.12.2010. Contact Zahra via Twitter (@fnafilms), Facebook or email her on jazadATfnafilmsDOTcoDOTuk.
In the last of this series on screenplay tips, here are my thoughts on sending stuff out, dealing with rejection and making things happen: DO: Plan ahead. With such a wealth of information at your fingertips, there is no excuse to NOT know what is going on in the writing world, especially things like The Red Planet Prize or The BBC Writers’ Academy. Knowing how your “writing year” works against your “real life year” helps you make decisions on what you CAN and CANNOT do, realistically. DON’T: Panic or tell yourself it can’t be done. I’m a big believer in… Read More »Screenplay Tips # 12: Submissions, Rejections & Relationships
I’ve received some more info from those *mysterious* bods at the new scriptwriting festival, taking place this October, 29-30th. I feel a little like Hansel or Gretal, picking up various crumbs on the way to the gingerbread house! Anyway, hot out of my inbox, literally seconds ago: PitchPlusFest – All delegates will be invited to take part in the PitchPlusFest where everyone will be randomly grouped into groups of 10 and each person will be give 5 minutes to PITCH their screenplay. The top two winners from each group of 10 will advance to the next round until a FINAL… Read More »New Scriptwriting Festival – ScriptPlus, 29-30th Oct 2010
I attended the London Book Fair this Monday just past… Here’s what I learned in three seminars there. Enjoy!——————————Assess Your Manuscript – Rebecca Swift, The Literary Consultancy Several Bang2writers have used this service for their own novels and spoken highly of it, so I was keen to hear what Rebecca had to say. I was a little disappointed to hear what I felt was essentially a extended sales pitch for the full half hour: I’d have liked to hear about Rebecca’s own experiences with the slush pile and HOW she might assess a person’s manuscript (as the title of the… Read More »The London Book Fair, Monday Apr 19th – Notes
Just a quick one today… I was on Euro #scriptchat last night with Script Angel’s Hayley McKenzie, answering tweeps’ questions about script reading and script editing. Couldn’t make it? Then check out the transcript here. #Scriptchat is a FAB resource for screenwriters: even if you hate the idea of Twitter, it really is worth getting an account just for this event – every sunday at 8pm (Euro) or 10pm (US). Check it out!
Some people believe absolutely the likes of Twitter are a WASTE OF TIME – it’s mere procrastination, indulgence, maybe even a bit unhealthy… And certainly if I was tweeting what my kids had for breakfast and the colour of their resulting bowel movements I’d agree. But like anything, it depends what you use it for. And though Twitter has meant a decline in quality “full-length” (oo er) blogging, it has OPENED UP THE FLOOR for all writers and those interested in writing, filmmaking and beyond, at ALL stages of their career. So if you’re already there – HELLO!!! – please… Read More »A Twit’s Guide To Twitter
If you’re wondering how Twitter works or even if you’re there already, I thought I’d compose a (mostly) tongue in cheek about the types of characters you can find on there: The Dullard. We all know the one: s/he likes to tell us EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING at this given moment, all the time – whether it’s eating a sandwich, cooking or waiting for someone to pop round. Yawn. UNFOLLOW. The Oversharer. Whether it’s an anecdote about a urine infection, an ingrown toenail or the fact your dog is humping your leg RIGHT THIS MINUTE, we don’t want to hear… Read More »Character Types On Twitter
Writers, are you on Twitter? If you’re not, you can’t take part in Script Chat. Script Chat takes place on Twitter every sunday, at 8pm for us GMTers and 2pm for whatever the US peeps are (real stuff like time has never been my forte). All you need do is sign into your Twitter account and add the hashtag #scriptchat to dive straight in. Later the US moderator JeanneVB posts up a transcript of the chat up on the official blog. You really can’t afford to miss out… even if you HATE the idea of Twitter, get yourself an account… Read More »Script Chat: Focus On Feedback